Review: Five Weapons #1
Reading a new series is one of the most enjoyable comic book experiences. If a person can pick up a book without knowing a thing but the cover and title, then literally any story can await them inside. That level of excitement is unique to new stories. There are no expectations, no assumptions about where things are headed. Not all new series are met with the same satisfaction, but it is hard to turn one down, nonetheless.
The year of Image may have been 2012, but their new titles continue to hit the market and many of them continue to impress. Five Weapons was generating a decent amount of buzz, and while I was able to avoid any sense of story, there was to be no avoiding the title. Naturally, the book has something to do with five weapons. Actually, it has to do with five categories of weapons, each one a “specialization” within a school for future assassins. We walk through the first day of school through the narration and experiences of the book’s protagonist. He comes from a well-known family and is getting a show.
The book takes readers through the pacing of the school, the clubs and the personalities that occupy them. The assumption is that our main character will adopt one of these as his home and train in that skill. Before readers reach the midway point of the book they will be hard-pressed to not find themselves enamored by the lead. The personality of the young man along with the chaos around him, this world will have the audience enraptured and speeding to the first-issue conclusion.
As I said above, much can come from heading into a book without knowing much, so the review won’t delve into anything else that issue one contains. That being said, this a story worth your time. It has a great tempo and the art is fun. The book has a fierce premise, but it’s tone is light and addicting. Track down this issue and settle in. Don’t get too comfortable, though. Before you know it, the issue will be over and you will be running back for more.
**Disclaimer - issue two is not yet out.